Current LLL-smtx Courses
LifeLong Learning offers a variety of courses in fine arts, studio arts, history, the environment, and topics of local interest. The courses are offered with the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department at the San Marcos Activity Center and the Cephas House. Both locations offer free and convenient parking. We also offer courses with the San Marcos Public Library and the Price Center. We hope you find something of interest. If not, check back later for our next list of offerings. Please see the schedule below.
Life-Long Learning Courses
Held in the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department’s 50+ Program
January to March 2020
To register, please contact the San Marcos Activity Center by phone: (512) 393-8280; in person at the Activity Center; or online at: www.sanmarcostx.gov/activeSMTX.
(Note: You will need to search for “LLL” classes online.)
Note: check location for each course.
At the Cephas House, 217 W. MLK Drive, San Marcos, TX
Check back later for new offerings.
At The San Marcos Activity Center
1) Your Personal Universe: Learn to See the Universe Differently
Part Two: Modern Physics
"You don’t have to know anything about physics to join in; just come as you are!!”
Where: San Marcos Activity Center
When: (5) Tuesdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 PM
This five-session course is a journey through the physics of particles and interactions, energy and information. With a format of presentation followed by class discussion, we will learn a ‘smidge’ about modern physics (20th and 21st century), mainly quantum theory and a tiny bit of Einstein’s relativity. We hope this course will enhance your experiences of daily life within your Universe!
Presented by Russell Doescher, a retired Texas State Senior Lecturer in physics and faculty director of the observatory at Texas State, has extensive experience in teaching conceptually (without a lot of math!). Additionally, he has worked with his colleague, Dr. Don Olson, to unravel many mysteries of time and place found in art, history and literature, through the use of their unique form of astronomy: celestial sleuthing.
2) Survival Spanish II
Where: San Marcos Activity Center
When: Monday and Wednesday March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Survival Spanish II is a conversational Spanish course designed for those who have taken the introductory Survival Spanish course, have a very basic working knowledge of Spanish, or who speak some Spanish but would like to improve their conversational skills. The course begins with a review of the essential concepts taught in the first class – conjugation ‘regular A-R’ verbs, the seven essential irregular verbs, (ser, estar, querer, tener, hacer, ir, & poder), and the most basic principles of Spanish grammar. The first two classes will focus almost entirely on material covered in the first class. Much class time is devoted to engaging students in conversation.
Presented by Seth Worley who earned his BA in Spanish with honors from Texas State and has been teaching Survival Spanish to adults for 40 years. He has lived, worked, and studied in nine Latin American countries, often working as a professional translator. His teaching philosophy is simple: language learning is successful when it is practical and fun.
The following courses have been cancelled because of COVID-19.